Conquering the Coffee Cup

December 7, 2016


The last two daily paintings have been coffee cups.  They represent two different experience.  Yesterday's painting was not my best work for a simple reason.  My heart and mind were not in it.  I had to rush through it so I could get to a class I had to teach (haha...the class is at a local coffee shop...I just realized this...).  I knew I did not have enough time.  In my effort to loosen up and be fast I used a larger brush and tried to work quickly.  I had some challenges.  This morning I decided I would not let the coffee cup win.  I grabbed one of my favorite cups from the cabinet and went back in. 


My yoga teacher says the pose we don't like is usually the one we need the most.  I hate fish pose.  I don't struggle with the pose physically but it does mess up my hair.  Ok, so I need more coffee cups.  I love coffee, let's do this.  I went about this one with more of my usual style, a rough sketch.  This gave me more confidence.  Maybe next time I will combine the two, a simple sketch as a guide and then move to the large brush for a more playful technique.  I had a canvas with a blue background already set up so I used that one.  I am not sure how I feel about that yet.  I have completed six paintings and I am noticing that the two that were stressful were the two I was rushing because I had to get out the door, or I was distracted.  Maybe it isn't coffee cups.  Maybe it is time and focus that I need more of in my life, mindfulness.  When I am centered and truly expirencing artistic flow then I am happy.  I can say the same about my yoga practice.  It's the days I completely let go and give myself the time deserved that I have the best moments and my body rewards me with strength, calm and goals are reached. 


Draw, Paint, Meditate




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